Category: Blog

Making sense of metacognition

27 April 2018

Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School, explores how schools can use the latest guidance report from the EEF to understand not just metacognition and self-regulation, but how pupils best learn. […]

Author: Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School
Posted on: 27 April 2018
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Where to start with your literacy reading

26 April 2018

Literacy: possibly the most research rich area of education. In many ways this is a splendid thing, reflecting the importance of the topic to pupils across the country. However, it can also seem like an overwhelming amount of information is out there, making us unsure of where to start. To that end, here is a […]

Posted on: 26 April 2018
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Making evidence work in schools: Sheffield conference

26 April 2018

Evidence in education. It’s a thing now. Bids for school funding must include it; good CPD training will reference it; individual classroom teachers are getting interested in it. But the ‘thing’, the ‘it’, the ‘evidence’ can still seem an unwieldy behemoth with no easy point of access. So we offer to you our ‘Making Evidence […]

Posted on: 26 April 2018
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Gain time

25 April 2018

Eyes on the prize. Just a few weeks to go. A lesson countdown in operation. Furiously putting the finishing touches to year 6 and 11 classes. Just think of the gain time afterwards! At this time of year, gain time can take on almost mythical proportions – the shimmering oasis in the distance. However it […]

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Why Closing the ‘Word Gap’ Matters

25 April 2018

As a teacher who writes about the importance of literacy and vocabulary – and one who works with countless teachers across the country – I find myself talking repeatedly about the issue of the ‘word gap’ in our classrooms. Again and again, I am faced with the glaring examples of the problem that many of […]

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Is context king in school improvement?

24 April 2018

The EEF’s Families of Schools database provides a wealth of information to help schools learn from each other. In this blog post, James Richardson discusses how it can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. […]

Author: James Richardson
Posted on: 24 April 2018
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More Than Just Marshmallows

14 April 2018

One of the most famous experiments undertaken in psychology is the ‘marshmallow test‘ by Walter Mischel, at Stanford, back in 1960. […]

Author: Alex Quigley
Posted on: 14 April 2018
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Head in the sand

28 March 2018

Literacy can appear in many different guises. In part, this is because of the breadth the word ‘literacy’ covers. Not only is ‘literacy’ loaded with content, but also with individual experiences: experiences of different literacy programmes, both in-house and packages bought in; of different interventions and their successes and failures; and of individual subject knowledge […]

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Misunderstanding Metacognition!

21 March 2018

Metacognition – we know what that is, right? ‘Thinking about thinking’. If you probe a little further, our understanding of metacognition can prove to be inconsistent, misunderstood and riddled with misconceptions. […]

Author: Julie Watson, Research-lead: Cognition
Posted on: 21 March 2018
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Running an innovation

20 March 2018

Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, have been awarded three IEE Innovation Grants over the past year. John Coats, Director of School Improvement, writes about the lessons learned so far. […]

Author: John Coats
Posted on: 20 March 2018
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